Sounding Brass and Tinkling Cymbals

by admin on August 4, 2011 · 0 comments

The measure of a man is not found in the eloquence of his speech to the crowd even to the exposition of profound Truth, but in the quality of his response to his brother, neighbor or friend. Seems like there’s a verse in Scripture that relates to that comparison…… something about tongues of men and angels.

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Love Wins by Rob Bell: An assessment

by admin on April 24, 2011 · 3 comments

Love Wins by Rob Bell Much ado about very little. Without the pre-publication hysteria created by self appointed keepers of the Gates of the Kingdom, the book would have experienced minimal sales and even less of an impact in the reading. Bell uses a straw man argument seemingly comprised of stories from his childhood and/or stories collected from his years of public ministry. These involved the hurts of unhappy people relating negative experiences with church ministries and church people to create a hypothetical representation of the entirety of the Christian church which he then soundly criticizes for failing to live up to the mandates he derives from Scripture. Without even challenging his interpretation of Scripture, his logical approach brings into question the soundness of his conclusions. Introductory courses in Argumentation and Debate involve the creation of more sound arguments than Bell has used to make his case in this book. The publicity generated by the harshness and hysteria of Bell’s critics all but guaranteed exceeding even the most hopeful projections of the publisher: a place on the list of Best Selling new releases. More attention was drawn to this book than the book itself warranted. As one who approached the read with a sympathetic ear, unfortunately I can’t reach any other conclusion but that the best thing about the book, Live Wins, is the title.

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An idea

January 15, 2011

It is sometimes said that God is a person just like us. But this isn’t true. Since we are created in the Image of God, instead we are a person just like Him. To the extent that He is a person, so are we. But there are no limits on God in any way, so [...]

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To Live Truly

January 5, 2011

Our business is not to think correctly, but to live truly; then first will there be a possibility of our thinking correctly. “Justice”, Unspoken Sermons 3 George MacDonald

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Better To Love

January 5, 2011

Better to love than beloved, Though lonely all the day; Better the fountain in the heart Than the fountain by the way. Better than thrill a listening crowd, Sit at a wise man’s feet; But better teach a child than toil To make thyself complete. Better a death when work is done, Than earth’s most [...]

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Forgiveness

December 8, 2010

It is harder to forgive what you don’t say than what you say, to forgive what you don’t do than what you do;  hardest to forgive you for not being what I’m not.

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December 8, 2010

Observe the moment and it will fade; become the moment and it is yours forever.

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October 18, 2010

What follows are some thoughts, raw and underdeveloped.  The decision to publish in this form will perhaps act as a commitment to further the process. A question  that has been on my mind of late has been the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan.  Found in Luke, the account is of a traveler who is [...]

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June 3, 2010

I am rereading the novels of George MacDonald. So much more depth is discovered in the 2nd reading of that which is well written. Could the same be true of that which is fearfully and wonderfully made?

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George MacDonald

May 24, 2010

“The parson held, not only that to teach is the best way to learn, but that the imperfect are the best teachers of the imperfect.” “So I lay thinking- or more truly I hope, being thought into…” There and Back – George MacDonald

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